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Imogen Bankier

Imogen Bankier

It still hasn’t really sunk in.

Winning a silver medal at the World Championships at Wembley last weekend was an amazing feeling. It was my first major final and my partner Chris Adcock and I now know what it feels like to get that major championship final experience. Going into the tournament we expected to do OK but we just took one match at a time and couldn’t believe how far we progressed. Our goal was to reach the quarter-final so we were over the moon standing on the podium with silver medals round our necks.

I’ve played badminton since I was nine. Like most young people do, I started playing in the back garden and then I used to play at the local church hall with a good group of kids and I just fell in love with the sport.

I’ve been home in Glasgow seeing friends and family after the World Championships for a week but I’m back at the National Performance Centre in Milton Keynes now and we’ve got some hard work ahead of us. The qualification for London 2012 doesn’t close until May next year. Our recent success in the World Championship will definitely work in our favour but between now and May we will be off around the world competing in tournaments and trying get our ranking up.

If we make it to London 2012 we’ll definitely be looking to medal. The badminton competition will be held at the Wembley Arena, we’ve experienced a major final there so hopefully we can go one better if we make it to the Olympics next year.

I think Glasgow 2014 will be massive. My partner is English so it will be a shame not to be able to compete with him but it will be an amazing experience all the same. I drove past the site of the National Indoor Sports Arena where the badminton competition will take place at Glasgow 2014 and it looks amazing, it’s inspiring to think it will be filled with Scots hopefully cheering us towards medal success in 2014.

Having a Commonwealth Games in Glasgow not only inspires us athletes and gives us something to focus on but it will also bring badminton to young people and inspire them to take up sport. For me, London 2012 is a target at the moment but after the Olympics the momentum will shift to Glasgow.

In 2014, the goal will be gold. To win a medal in front of a home crowd would be unforgettable.

Photo: Sven Heise

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